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on the u.s. consulate in benghazi this past september 11 wasn't just a mob action." evidence is growing that the murder of ambassador chris stevens was planned and targeted. in new york today the president of libya met with secretary of state clinton at the united nations. he said that the libyan people had lost a friend. a year ago in libya a bunch of ragtag militias overthrew the dictator moammar qaddafi and it's one of those militias that's suspected in the attack on the americans. that attack was apparently the last straw for the people in benghazi. elizabeth palmer reports the citizens there have risen up to throw them t militias out. >> reporter: furious citizens took matters into their own hands. on friday night, crowds overran bases controlled by extremist militias in benghazi and drove them out. by dawn, three bases were just burned-out shells. during the battle to topple colonel qaddafi last year these same men were seen as heroes. but since then many have set themselves up as vigilantes. operating from bases like this one which, after the militias fled on friday night, was se
, for the first time, the white house called the assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi a terrorist attack. elizabeth palmer has been investigating in benghazi. >> reporter: at a solemn memorial service, libya's president paid his respects to ambassador christopher stevens. u.s. deputy secretary of state william bornes had earlier flown into the capital under tight security. behind the scenes, an f.b.i. team is preparing to fly to benghazi to investigate the attack. the compound behind these walls is the major crime scene. but any evidence left inside will have been badly contapped by the looters and the curious local people who flooded in after the attack. here's what abcs, officials, and libyan commanders in charge that night have told us. sometime around 9:30 p.m., about 70 armed men attacked the consulate's main gates with guns and heavy weapons. they then stormed in, overwhelming local and american security. with all four buildings on fire, the libyan government ordered a local militia to the rescue. that militia helped to ferry 31 americans and the body of sean smith out the back gat
americans killed last week in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. mourners leaned the streets of dougherty's home town, winchester, massachusetts. that's his childhood home where the hearse stopped briefly. doherty was 42, a former navy seal. he was part of a security team for ambassador chris city ofeps who was also killed in the attack. there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the attack that killed the four americans. elizabeth palmer has been investigating on the ground in benghazi, and that's where she jones us this evening. elizabeth, we were told initially that the four americans were killed as part of a riot over that anti-islamic film that was produced in america that has caused so much unrest in the middle east. but what have you been finding out? >> reporter: most people we talk to,ing including neighbors around the consulate, say there was absolutely no demonstration, that in fact, the attack began when a group of armed men, as many as 100, showed up at the same time at both the compound's main gate and began firing, both with guns and also w
. the department wouldn't say whether there had been a threat. earlier this month, the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, was attacked and burned, and ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed. that attack took place amid violent protests that broke out over an internet movie that ridiculed islam. well, late today, the filmmaker, was arrested in los angeles. federal prosecutors say that by uploading the film on the internet, he violated the terms of his probation on a previous check fraud conviction. iowa kicked off the primary and caucus season. well, today it became th first battleground state to in the general election. at least 400,000 iowans are expected to vote before election day, november 6. in other battleground states, voting begins in colorado october 22, more than two million people are expected to cast early ballots there. in florida, balloting starts october 27 with more than four million early voters expected. john dickerson is in our washington bureau. he's our political director. and, john, i wonder what impact does all this early voting have on the campaigns
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